About a year ago, I was flipping through House Beautiful when I saw it– an industrial style metal cart from IKEA in the most gorgeous teal color. Immediately I started wracking my brain for ways to use it so I had an excuse to buy one for myself. It took awhile, but I finally realized it would be great to have a storage space– on wheels– for my kids art supplies in the kitchen where we do most of our projects. Plus it was only $49.99 which is a great price for such a versatile piece, which is what I was practicing saying in my head when my husband asked why on earth I needed to make my one billionth trip to IKEA. Thus,
my evil plans the art cart of my dreams started taking shape.
The hardest part of the whole endeavor was trying to control my kids while wandering the massive IKEA warehouse. The cart is named RASKOG, but didn’t know how to make the A with the circle above it in Swedish to look it up on the computer (I did try!) Finally an employee took pity on me as I was cowering the corner watching both kids run in opposite directions and bouncing off the display furniture. Soon I had the teal gorgeousness in my possession and nothing could stop me! Until I saw the directions.
Thankfully it took under 30 minutes to put together as Noodle ‘helped’ me (it probably would have taken way less, if not for said ‘helper’) and soon we had it done.
They have these great stacking plastic bins at IKEA as well, $2.99 for a set of 3. They’ve been great for holding markers, glue, glue sticks, crayons, and more. Plus Bee loves to stack them up to make towers.
I have a basket to corral the other necessities on the middle shelf.
A princess folder holds unfinished art work and sheets of stickers.
The bottom shelf holds drawing paper and larger supplies.
The only major supply we don’t store on here are scissors. My friend “K” had a scissors related art cart incident that involved a haircut, so I’ve decided to keep the scissors out of reach until Bee is at least sixteen.
Amazingly, the kids don’t roll it around the kitchen (YET) or attempt to ride on it (YET) as I’d feared. In fact, we just kinda roll it out when we’re making art and tuck it away afterwards. It fits perfectly with the new kitchen decor, too.
This little cart fits an awful lot of stuff. You wouldn’t believe how many kids’ art supplies we have hiding in here. With summer coming, I’m thrilled they’re neat and orderly and easy to pull out/put away. SIMPLICITY IS EVERYTHING, friends! So, eleventy points and some swedish meatballs to the first person who can tell me what the letter A with the circle is called (or how to make it show up on a computer).
So what do you think? Yay or Nay on the bright color? What excuses (I mean, USES) can you find for purchasing this cool cart for your home? Anyone interested in a post on our favorite art supplies, especially with summer on it’s way?